Don’t be trapped into thinking you’re the only one experiencing your current feelings, that no one understands, or that circumstances will never change! Bay Life's Breakthrough Support Groups provide safe, confidential, and caring environments where you can feel comfortable and safe talking about your struggles and grow toward wholeness.
Fall 2021 Events
Breakthrough Events are one-time meetings around a specific topic. These events are offered periodically throughout the year. These events meet on campus. Be sure to include your email in your registration for any updates we may need to send.
Loss of a Spouse
Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 6:30pm - 8:00 pm | Workbook $5
Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible. Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on? As you know, the death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven't just lost a loved one - they've lost an entire lifestyle. That's why we are hosting Loss of a Spouse (a grief support seminar).
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30pm | Workbook $5
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays is a seminar for people who have lost a loved one in death and are wondering how you will deal with the emotions you will face this holiday season. The seminar will share tips on how to survive social events, ways to give your kids a good holiday experience, and how to discover hope for your future.
DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays
Sunday, November 7, 2021 @ 10:30am - 12:00pm | Workbook $5
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is for people who are separated and divorced. You’ll learn: How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays; Helpful tips for surviving social events; Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience; How to discover hope for your future.
This is a 90 minute, one-time event that involves watching a DVD filled with practical holiday tips and the real-life stories of people who have navigated the season after separation and divorce. After the DVD presentation, hear other seminar attendees explain how they are dealing with the holidays.
Fall Breakthrough groups will meet on Thursdays in the Student Center of Bay Life Church and Sundays in the Counseling Center behind Bay Life Church. The Counseling Center is located at 140 Yarbrough Road, Brandon, FL 33510.
A complete listing of open groups and classes offered at Bay Life Church can be found at baylife.org/groups.
Sundays, August 29 - December 12, 2021 @ 10:30am – 12:00pm | Workbook: $15
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they've ever faced. It is a confusing time when you may feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you've never faced before. The emotional damage cuts to the soul. True healing for this kind of pain can only come from God's presence in the life of the person experiencing it. DivorceCare groups are Christ-centered and meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each DivorceCare session has 3 distinct elements: first, watching a 30-40 minute DVD session where top experts speak on the subject of divorce and separation and individuals share their stories; secondly after viewing the video, group participants will spend time as a group discussing what was presented in the video and also share what is going on in their life. The third element is use of the participant workbook in session and also at home throughout the week (to complete brief topic-related Scripture studies.)
You don't need to walk alone on your journey toward recovery and healing from divorce or separation.
Thursdays, September 2 - December 9, 2021 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Workbook $15
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you've lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before. Our GriefShare group meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move towards rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has 3 distinct elements: watching a video session which contains experts in grief and individuals who have experienced loss; a brief support group discussion time related to the video topic; and use of your participant guidebook during session and throughout the week (brief studies for personal reflection). You do not need to walk alone on your journey from mourning to joy. We hope you will join us.
God Will Make a Way
Thursdays, September 2 – October 28, 2021 @ 7pm – 8:30pm | Workbook: $15
Life for every person on earth is a challenging journey – with or without God. Those who invite God to join them on this adventure believe that when bad things happen, they can trust God to be present and work on their behalf. But because we never know when, where or how God is going to show up, we often wonder: just exactly how does He go about the business of helping us when we don’t know what to do? The principles offered in this group material (God Will Make a Way written by Dr. Henry Cloud) presents a ground breaking new approach to recognizing when God is present and how He works His will in our lives.
This group will meet for 9 weeks and includes watching a 30 minute DVD where Dr. Cloud explains the aforementioned principles; afterwards the group engages in a discussion of the DVD material and how it applies to oneself.
About The Group Leader
As coordinator for the Breakthrough Support Group Ministry, Genevieve LoCicero and her team have facilitated a variety of groups. She has a heart to reach people that are hurting in all different areas. Her willingness to offer help and hope gently yet persistently through Breakthrough speaks well of her heart for the troubles of others. Breakthrough services are guided by Romans 12:1-2 which exhorts us to renew our minds. By doing so, we are able to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Renewing our mind impacts emotions which in turn impacts behaviors and results in a life changed.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:1-2
For more information about any of our Breakthrough groups and events, contact Genevieve LoCicero,